STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER | UCSS ASSISTANT COORDINATOR
Matthew Podolinsky (he/him) is the Assistant Coordinator for the Utah Cultural Site Stewardship program with UT-SHPO. For the last decade, Matthew has worked seasonally throughout the Western US for the National Park Service the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Matthew earned a M.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah in May 2022. His thesis “The Effect of Moral and Threat Appeals on Reducing Depreciative Behavior at Rock Art Sites,” is the first research on indirect management approaches on the protection of cultural resources in decades. He hopes that this research will influence land management agencies and managers to develop more effective signage at rock imagery sites. When Matthew is not in the field training stewards, you can find Matthew, his partner and their pup, hiking in the mountains (or the desert) exploring the nooks and crannies of Utah’s landscape.